CDC: Diabetes death rate declining

May 24, 2012 4:59:05 AM PDT
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control say the death rate for people with diabetes dropped significantly from 1997 to 2006.

Deaths from heart disease and stroke-related to diabetes dropped 40 percent, while overall deaths of diabetics declined by 23 percent.

The CDC says healthier lifestyles and better disease management get credit for the improvement. However, diabetes is still the seventh leading cause of death.